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Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum: Hole 6 – North Africa
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Beginning in June 1940 and lasting until May 1943, combat in the North African desert began with an Italian invasion of British controlled Egypt, but would eventually draw in the German “Afrika Korps” as well as American troops.
The Axis hoped to cut off valuable Allied trade routes through the Suez Canal and seize natural resources such as oil. By September 1940, the Italian offensive had failed completely, with British forces recapturing most of their territory including the vital port of Tobruk. As a result of the failure of his Italian allies, Hitler ordered the hastily formed “Afrika Korps” under General Erwin Rommel to depart for Africa.
By March 1941, Rommel, who had been ordered to simply hold the line against the British, began a series of daring offensives that would earn him the nickname “The Desert Fox.” Rommel besieged the British port of Tobruk and advanced into Egypt itself. Tobruk eventually fell in June 1942 and 33,000 British POWs fell into German hands. Despite his successes, Rommel was stopped at the Battle of El Alamein in October and driven back into Tripoli. After this disaster, American troops embarked for Operation Torch; landing in Morocco and Algeria in November.
After pushing back forces of the collaborating “Vichy” French, American tanks rolled towards Tunisia from the West while the British pushed from the East.
As 1942 came to a close, both sides began digging in for a decisive battle in Tunisia. Outgunned and outmanned, the Germans and Italians attempted to hold off the two Allied armies pushing in on them from both sides, but by May 1943 Axis resistance collapsed.
On May 13th, The Axis forces in Africa officially surrendered to the Allies, but the Desert Fox and many Axis troops escaped across the Mediterranean. With North Africa now in Allied hands, they could begin their next major offensive, an attack on Italy itself…(continued on Hole #7).
Vocabulary Word: Prisoners of War – Prisoners of War or POWs, were captured by all nations during WWII, but their treatment differed drastically from nation to nation. The Geneva Convention mandated adequate care for POWs, but the Axis frequently ignored this requirement. German POWs were treated far better than Allied troops captured by the Germans or Japanese, and were sent to camps all across the United States and Britain. Many Afrika Korps POWs were even held in Texas.Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum
This hole has a few curves but is downhill most of the way. A barrier of sandbags act as a backboard and give the illusion a bit like it’s the start of a Fox hole.
Mister Mini Golf Pro Tips
This hole takes the ball all the way to the sandbags so not nearly as hard of hit needed like the other holes on this course.
ADA Accessibility Notes: ADA compliant pathways are installed to allow for 9 holes of accessible play.
For more details on course accessibility, always check in with a course you are visiting as they may be able to do additional accommodations. In addition, a great resource is the ADA Checklist for Miniature Golf Courses.
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